Need your painting to have more distance? or maybe you need to cover something up? In this blog I want to go over how to paint a basic dead tree or a tree without leaves. OK so in the clip above You can see how I painted the large tree but I want to over more in the blog. You need to use a dark color if its in the foreground lighter color if its in the background. But we are focused on the big large tree like the one in the video. If you haven't used the palette knife very much or just want more control I recommend using the #6 Filbert Brush. Load it in a dark color black will work. And then make a large tree trunk slightly smaller on the top and larger at the base give it a little curve as you go, this will give it character and make that happy buck! Next you will need to add a highlight to the tree. Mix up a gray brown color then load a roll on the knife. Now on the outer edge of the tree trunk ( where ever your light is coming from ) And tap the knife and move up and down and then to the middle of the tree. This will allow it to blend back to the shadow. Next make a lighter color ( just add more white to the gray mixture ) Then tap right where you want the light to strike. *** TIP*** Only touch the color do not over work it! Next thin down the black with some Amazing Clear medium
With a #2 script liner brush. To a sharp point by spinning into the paint. Next add your limbs. You can shake your hand or pull put some limbs. Check out the video above. If you want to do this for the distance just use lighter colors.